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October 08, 2003

Green Power Comes to North Carolina and Georgia

Green power—electricity from renewable energy sources—came to North Carolina and Georgia for the first time on October 1st. In North Carolina, NC GreenPower launched a statewide initiative with the support of all the state's utility companies. The utilities are selling green power at a premium of $4 per 100 kilowatt-hours, with discounts available to buyers of 10,000 kilowatt-hours or more. In Georgia, the Green Power Electric Membership Corporation—Green Power EMC, for short—began providing green power to 16 electric cooperatives throughout the state. Green Power EMC is drawing on nine megawatts of green power generated by three landfill gas projects. See the press releases from Walton EMC, one of the 16 member cooperatives in Georgia, and from NC Green Power (PDF 722 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

While many people are buying green power directly from their utility, another option is to buy green tags, also called tradable renewable energy credits, which represent the attributes or benefits of renewable energy generation. In September, the Center for Resource Solutions announced that six new suppliers have earned the center's Green-e certification, which verifies that each green tag does in fact represent power produced from renewable energy. See the Green-e press release.

Green tags have attracted enough international interest to inspire the International Energy Agency to help launch a new Web site called TRECNET, the Tradable Renewable Energy Credit Expert Network. The site is meant as a tool for information sharing. See the TRECNET Web site.